clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Buy Charles Dickens' 'Summer Gypsy Tent' For $720K

New, 1 comment

Upon first glance, this 358-square-foot flat on London's Tavistock Street is nothing exceptional, and yet the one-bedroom, listed for £475K—that's about $720,100—has already received an offer. Yes, the pad is minutes away from London's Covent Garden, but, much more intriguingly, the place was also once Charles Dickens' London pied-à-terre, the attic apartment in which the literary lion would spend some time unwinding after long writing sessions. According to The Telegraph, which interviewed biographer Claire Tomalin, Dickens referred to the space, which he dressed and dined in before hitting the town, as "a sort of summer gipsy tent." From 1859 until his death in 1870, Dickens set up shop in the ground-floor office on Tavistock, where he wrote A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations. The office itself is now the Charles Dickens Coffee House, while the temporary home above has become this bright and "well-proportioned," if rather unexciting, property currently renting at a steep £400 ($606) a week. Check it out, above.

· 1 bedroom flat, Tavistock Street, Covent Garden, London[Right Move]
· For sale: Charles Dickens's late-night retreat in Covent Garden [Telegraph]